International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2889

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843

Meet the Staff

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Executive Director, Global Engagement
(248) 370-3358
Alex ZImmerman

Alex Zimmerman 
Director, International Education
(248) 370-2843

Alex has been OU's Director of International Education since April 2016. Prior to coming to Michigan, he worked for four years as Study Abroad Coordinator at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and for one year as Project Manager at an Islamic interfaith organization in New York City. His international experience includes five years in South America, where he taught English in Argentina and Peru and had a fellowship from the Rotary Foundation to study microfinance and entrepreneurship in northern Peru, and a year in the Middle East where he directed a study abroad program for American high school students to learn Arabic in Amman, Jordan. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, French and Mandarin with declining levels of ability, and has also studied German and Navajo. He has studied abroad in 10 countries on five continents.
 Cynthia Weil
Assistant Director, International Education
(248) 370-2212

Cindy has been helping Oakland University students realize their dreams to study abroad and study away since in 2011 through promotion, advising, and direction. Her current role as Assistant Director and National Student Exchange Coordinator in the International Education Office was preceded by one year as OIE interim Director and three years as Study Abroad Coordinator. Cindy holds a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University and Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in German from Ohio University. Two undergraduate study abroad programs include German language immersion in Salzburg, Austria and Western European Business Study through seven countries. She studied German, French, and Russian languages to varying degrees. Nationally, Cindy has traveled to 47 of the 50 states and plans to notch the final four and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in the very near future.
Shirley Smith
Administrative Secretary, International Education
(248) 370-2889

Shirley started at Oakland University in the Office of International Education in March 2008. Her primary responsibility is to provide clerical support to the director and his staff. Shirley is also the first point of contact for students who are seeking to apply for study abroad or study away, scholarships, or to make an appointment with an OIE staff member. Additionally, she provides support by answering questions and directing students to appropriate campus resources. Shirley comes to OU with more than 20 years of experience in the administrative field.
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Joanne Tarling
Program Assistant/Front Desk Manager

Joanne started at Oakland University in November 2017. She sits at the front desk in the Global Engagement Office and works to support the many diverse remits of the office. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands before settling in Michigan.

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Anna Luongo
Student Adviser

Anna is an undergraduate student at Oakland University majoring in psychology with a minor in Italian Language. She comes from a family of Italian immigrants and grew up surrounded by Italian language and culture. Anna studied abroad in Trieste, Italy. Here she made many close friends and furthered her passion for the Italian language. Anna loves to travel and learn about new cultures. Besides Italy, her favorite travel spots include California and Montreal, Canada. She is excited to visit more countries and have more experiences abroad. After graduating from Oakland she hopes to live in Italy for a few years and travel throughout Europe.

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Mackenzie Baranski

Mackenzie is an undergraduate student at Oakland University majoring in psychology. She studied British literature abroad in London, England. Through study abroad, Mackenzie made many great friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Mackenzie loves to travel, visiting Spain, Italy, France, Andorra, Germany, Scotland, Canada, and The Netherlands. Her favorite places include Barcelona, Spain; Carcassonne, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and Edinburgh, Scotland. She hopes to earn her master's degree in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. Her end goal is to become a BCBA to work with children with autism.